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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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Tech support: Who to call in Congress

October 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just in time for the election, TechCrunch has launched a leaderboard rating members of Congress seeking reelection based on how closely their votes align with tech industry priorities. The board assigns B through D grades to legislators based on their stance on three bills affecting issues where TechCrunch found a ...

EPA email to move to the cloud by early 2013

October 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency plans to move about 25,000 employees and contractors to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 for Government email, calendar and collaboration system by early 2013, the agency said Wednesday. EPA signed a $9.8 million contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. to manage the transition, which the agency expects will ...

Facts and figures from a day indoors during Sandy

October 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As of 3 p.m. today, I’m still waiting on stats from FEMA about how their Web and social media traffic fared during Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the East Coast Monday. I’m predicting a big surge. I’m also -- just to be clear -- not complaining about the delay. FEMA’s very ...

Smarter use of IT could reduce the deficit by $220 billion, group says

October 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update: This story is based on a copy of ACT-IAC’s Quadrennial Government Technology Review that the organization has since removed from its website. ACT-IAC plans to formally release the report Nov. 13. A cadre of government technology officials and vendors predict agencies could cut up to $220 billion from the ...

#Sandy hits government

October 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was last updated at 3:35 p.m. Here’s a roundup of how federal agencies, employees and others are managing Hurricane Sandy on social media. We’ll be updating this story throughout the day. Battle of the Sandy maps: Google’s crisis map of Sandy’s path is getting much more play in ...

Confessions of an Internet researcher

October 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As director of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, Lee Rainie has been responsible for producing probably the most cited statistics about how the growth of the Internet has affected politics, family life, education and other aspects of the American experience. Here at Nextgov, we regularly consult ...

Agencies Cut Billions in IT Spending

October 26, 2012 Agencywide reviews of information technology spending project government savings of $2.5 billion during the next three years, Office of Management and Budget acting Director Jeffrey Zients said in a blog post Wednesday. The savings will come from 98 plans developed during PortfolioStat review sessions aimed at rooting out unnecessary, underperforming ...

Tech could ease the presidential transition

October 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One benefit of cloud-based collaboration tools that have been implemented during the Obama administration is their information stores may provide valuable insight and context for a rush of new employees during a Romney administration or even a second Obama term, government watchers said Thursday. “What I see happening now with ...

Want lasting IT reforms? Appoint a chief management officer.

October 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Improving information technology performance and controlling spending during the next presidential administration will require reforms beyond the federal technology shop, a team of administrative leaders said Thursday. To ensure those reforms take place, the next president should appoint a chief management officer at every major department and agency to oversee ...

Dot-gov reform presses on, here and across the pond

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An initiative to drastically reduce the number of federal websites has been making slow but steady progress during the last few months. There were 1,091 non-redirecting federal websites on a list maintained by the General Services Administration when I checked just a few days ago. As of Wednesday, the list ...